A story which I will relate....having nothing to do with WOW, but another similar game. The folks in charge got around to putting special weapons into the game...which you could find or acquire. My associate in the office (a lovely lady with a hot temper)....was checking her charge card account one day at the office and noted a $25 charge with no real explanation.
She called her husband...an Air Force Fire Chief on base, and he admitted that he had bought an invisible weapon. There was this long pause after she repeated “invisible weapon”. He tries to explain. Then she spent two minutes reminding him of the various bills that they have to pay and this was fairly stupid.
After the call, I defended him for a minute....that he needed some little pleasures in life. She put it bluntly....invisible weapons are worthless.
So a year passes, and she moves onto Florida with her husband. She sends me an email one day. The previous evening....her husband came out to the patio as the sun was going down and she was just sitting there relaxing. He had puffy eyes and had been weeping. He’d been kicked out of his “team” and was not going to be allowed back into that gaming group. She spent half an hour consoling him...a grown man...who’d been kicked off some video WOW-like game for aggressive-like behavior.
Looking at this story...for all one might know....it might have been a dozen Chinese prisoners who were gaming with this guy, and they just got tired of his aggressive style. Who knows?
This is not insignificant. I have had the opportunity to be invited into a group of Sr gamers who have spent tens of thousands of dollars on equipment and gaming charges. They are absolutely addicted, spending 6 - 10 hrs daily at the keyboard gaming. Ther worse nightmare is the failure of their group. These are people they have met online who become, over a period of years, fast friends. Several in my acquaintance have married.